Sara Edgerton, professor of cello at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a faculty recital entitled “Cellobration: Music for One, Two, Three and Multiple Cellos” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
The program will include standard masterpieces for the cello, as well as a number of lesser-known works that feature one or more cellos. Edgerton will be assisted in the recital by Paul Thompson on the piano, and the Southeast Low Strings Ensemble.
The concert will open with a short unaccompanied work, “Ricerata,” by the Baroque composer Giovanni Antonii. This work is one of a set of 12 “Ricercare” for solo cello by Antonii and is the earliest known set of pieces for solo cello. The next selection will be a movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous “Suite in C Major for Solo Cello,” one of the standard works for the instrument. The first half of the concert will conclude with a movement from one of the pre-eminent works for cello and orchestra, Elgar’s glorious “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E Minor,” followed by a short character piece by the English cellist William Henry Squire.
The second half of the concert will feature a series of beautiful works for multiple cellos, from Luigi Boccherini’s graceful “Duet in C Major for Two Cellos,” to David Popper’s haunting “Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano.” The concert will also include several works for a large ensemble of cellos and string basses, with music by the famous Spanish cellist, Pablo Casals, and some fun “encore” pieces by Scott Joplin and the Beatles.
“I am very excited about this upcoming recital featuring the cello and some of the amazing music written for this instrument,” Edgerton said. “There will be a tremendous amount of variety on the program, from one of the very earliest works for solo cello to several contemporary works for cello ensemble. I really wanted to showcase the cello and its wonderful range of expressive power. Come and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the cello in the glorious acoustics of the Shuck Recital Hall!”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at http://rivercampus.org.